Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Project Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over one-half of Engineering Project Managers. Salaries average out to around $85K per year and spread from $57K to $132K per year. In the world of Engineering Project Managers, overall income ranges from $57K near the bottom to $132K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though career length and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Engineering Project Managers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Engineering Project Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$57,382 - $123,947
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$57K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,511
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$18.69 - $60.48
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$19
$35
$60
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,382 - $123,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,261  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $11,545  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,923 - $132,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,784
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Hourly Rate
$18.69 - $60.48  
   
Overtime
$24.44 - $63.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,261  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $11,545  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,923 - $132,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 778

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Job Description for Project Manager, Engineering

  • Ensure conformity with safety regulations and promote a culture of best practices.
  • Prepare cost proposals and maintain financial records.
  • Lead a team of engineers and produce detailed product development plans.
  • Translate customer requirements into product strategy.

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Engineering Project Managers do not often transition into VP of Engineering roles. The role averages $154K per year. With an annual salary of $116K, Engineering Senior Project Manager is the most common role for Engineering Project Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Civil Engineer role — which usually pays $60K — is also typical for Engineering Project Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Manager, Engineering


Many Engineering Project Managers can be found at The Boeing Company, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Siemens, and Aecom Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Engineering Project Managers flock to Schlumberger for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $133K lead the pack in compensation; however, Schlumberger also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $101K at one end to $188K at the other end. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp, and CH2M Hill, top-paying firms where Engineering Project Managers rake in a whopping $128K, $119K, or $114K, respectively.

Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $74K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $63K to $96K. Other low-paying employers include Kleinfelder Incorporated at $80K and Duke Energy Corp at $82K, though some Engineering Project Managers there earn up to $213K.

Popular Skills for Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Project Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Product Development, Budget Management, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Manager, Engineering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Engineering Project Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $68K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $83K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Engineering Project Managers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Engineering Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Diego (+5 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and New York (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cincinnati. Below-median salaries also turn up in Salt Lake City and Dallas (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Project Manager, Engineering Reviews

What is it like working as a Project Manager, Engineering?

Project Manager, Engineering in New York:
"It Is 60% Scheduling, 20% Client Relations And 20% Technical."
Pros: The best things about my job are the environment which is very open and friendly. It is in midtown Manhattan, ideal location. The clients all have technical backgrounds so even if there is something you don't know or can't remember, someone will enlighten you. Engineering is very important to know because it allows you to work within teams from other departments as well since our work ethic is regarded highly. I am able to go from location to location to conduct some of my work, which breaks the monotony of going into the office every time.
Cons: There are a lot of limitations to project scopes. There are some actions that can be done, but company policy dictates that it shouldn't, so you end up discussing with clients for long periods of time trying to find a reason that would satisfy them. A lot of scheduling will overlap, but you still need to maintain the budget and timeline.

Project Manager, Engineering in Sedro-Woolley:
"Challenging."
Pros: It's mentally challenging and always new. Every project is different and there is no opportunity to become bored.
Cons: It can be stressful constantly having new things thrown at you.

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Experience Affects Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$87,000



Skills That Affect Project Manager, Engineering Salaries





Technical Analysis
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Contractor Management
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$87,000

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Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1687 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%